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Robot: Fully automatic harvesting and radish bunching machine
Task(s): Harvesting and bunching of radish 
Development start: 2018
Pricing: From 220,000 euro’s (US $217.074 according to the exchange rate of 22-09-2022)
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The outdoor harvesting machine is fully electric, with an on-board generator supplying the power. - Photo: Koppert Machines

Description

This fully automatic harvesting and radish bunching machine for outdoor use can bunch radish with the same quality as hand-bunched radish in a completely automatic way. The machine follows the rows with mechanical row feelers and the radishes can be packaged in the field from behind the machine. A worker can turn the robot at the end of the rows via a touchscreen, with the machine turning on its axis to the next rows. With this electric machine, 4,500 bunches of radishes can effectively be bunched per hour. It can reduce the costs of bunching by up to 50%. The robot is available in a 9, 12 and 14 row version.

Drive train type

Fully electric, with an on-board generator supplying the power. Koppert Machines is currently developing a new machine that works with batteries and will therefore be fully electric. This machine is expected to be launched mid-2023.

Characteristics

This robot is fully automatic and is used for harvesting and radish bunching in the field. It is electric, with an on-board generator supplying the power. The machine has a speed of 1 km per hour. A controller receives a signal that it is time to turn the machine. He or she can turn the robot at the end of the rows via a touchscreen, with the machine turning on its axis to the next rows. The harvester has on-board lighting and can basically work day and night.

Navigation system

Koppert Machines has developed its own technology in which mechanical row feelers guide the robot to follow the rows of radishes. Another set of mechanical feelers makes sure the radishes are harvested at the right height. A computer system processes the information and controls the machine.

Specifications

Name robotKoppert automatic harvesting and radish bunching machine (The Netherlands)
Dimensions4 meters (13.1 ft) long and 1.60 meters (5.3 ft) wide
Turning radiusThe machine turns on its axis
Weight  1,750 kg
Energy source  It is a fully electric-pneumatic machine, with an on-board generator supplying the power
Energy stock/range  The machine can do its work 24 hours per day
Driveline  The robot is available in a 9, 12 and 14 row version
Output capacity  4,500 bunches of radish per hour
Navigation systemMechanical row feelers guide the robot to follow the rows of radishes.
Pricing  From 220,000 euro (US $217.074 according to the exchange rate of 22-09-2022)
Availability (countries)It is currently being used in Denmark, the US and Germany
Units operational (total September 2022)  4

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